It’s plain sailing for James on dream cruise around the Greek Islands

James Hawkins' Greek Cruise

30/08/11 – Eight year old James Hawkins from Bosbury near Ledbury has had his wish to go on a cruise around the Greek Islands with his family granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses. 

Described by his mother Katie as a “fantastic, brave little boy who loves to entertain”, James was sadly diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2007.  As a result of his life-threatening condition, James had to undergo an intensive form of treatment and spent a lot of time in hospital away from his friends.

James Hawkins' Greek Cruise

James was referred to Starlight for a once-in-a-lifetime wish and although he has plenty of hobbies and interests, such as Star Wars, the army, cricket and snorkelling, the youngster knew exactly what his wish would be.  Fascinated by the idea of a ‘hotel ship’, James asked to go on a cruise around the Greek Islands with his family. 

Starlight organised for James, his parents Katie and Anthony, and sisters Alexandra and Matilda to spend seven nights aboard ‘Pearls of the Aegean’, which is a cruise ship that sails from Corfu to a number of world-famous Greek destinations, such as Athens and Crete, and idyllic islands, such as Mykonos and Katakolon. 

Once the family were back on land, Katie wrote to Starlight and said, “Thank you so much for our wonderful cruise!  We all had an amazing time and everything worked well.  The ship was fabulous and the staff were beyond helpful. Jamie had the most fun of any eight year old boy and is a firm and ardent Starlight fan!”


Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231

Starlight grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that over 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.